Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2020

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The Friends of Hednesford Park receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Friends of Hednesford Park, a group of volunteers based in Hednesford have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Friends of Hednesford Park was established in 2011 with their annual Lantern Story Walk event this one event has grown into multiple events each year and also support groups for Dementia and Mental Wellbeing. 

The Friends of Hednesford Park is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse.  They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including a community shop in Cornwall, an environmental group in Swansea, a group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Stirling and a thriving community arts centre in County Down.

Representatives of The Friends of Hednesford Park will receive the award from Ian Dudson CBE, Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire later this summer. Furthermore, two volunteers from The Friends of Hednesford Park will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

‘We are delighted to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.  The award recognises the dedication of our amazing team of volunteers who deliver weekly support groups for Mental Well-being and regular activities for the community in Hednesford Park. Even in the current unprecedented time, we have continued to support the local community in any way we can.’

The Friends of Hednesford Park Chairperson, Kelvin Stephens.

Notes to editors

  1. Lord Lieutenants represent the monarch in each of the UK’s ceremonial counties.
  2. This year there were 230 recipients of The Queen’s Award Voluntary Service from across the UK. More information on the recipients and the Award can be found at ​https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service
  3. Any group of two or more people that has participated in voluntary work for more than three years can be nominated for the award. Full details on how to nominate are available at ​https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/
  4. Nominations for the 2021 awards close on 25 September 2020.

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